I decided to make this healthy homemade peanut butter fudge recipe because I have about 8 jars of peanut butter in my pantry. Why? Because I am the type of person who stocks up on healthy food when I find a good deal. I found a buy one get one free sale recently on natural peanut butter and I could probably make a years worth of PB&J sandwiches with it and never run out.
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This week, I have been scrolling through Pinterest looking at nut butter recipes for inspiration. I found a paleo fudge recipe online that looked easy enough and decided to swap out the almond butter for the peanut butter I need to use up.
Sweeteners for Healthy Peanut Butter Fudge
You know what else I have a ton of? Real maple syrup. I went up to visit my family in Vermont this summer and brought back 3 gallons of the stuff. No, I am not exaggerating. I have huge jugs of maple syrup sitting on the floor of my pantry. We are enjoying a lot of homemade waffles and pancakes!
The homemade peanut butter fudge recipe I made uses maple syrup as the sweetener but I bet it would work just as well with honey if you prefer to try that (and if you like this recipe, try my homemade peanut butter pie!) (and if you like this recipe, try my homemade peanut butter pie!).
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Using Coconut Oil in Fudge
I was a little worried about the coconut oil in this fudge recipe because it has a very ‘coconutty’ flavor. And yes, the final product really does taste slightly like coconut. However, I am actually pleasantly surprised at how well the flavor of coconut compliments the peanut butter. I never would have thought that these two flavors would mix well in a homemade fudge but I am thrilled I gave it a try.
Is coconut oil good for you to eat? While there has been some debate about using coconut oil to cook with, overall, yes, there are many health benefits to coconut oil. Coconut oil is high in healthy saturated fats. They have different effects on the body than most other types of fat. Saturated fats like coconut oil provide your body and brain with quick energy. They also raise the good HDL cholesterol in your blood, which is linked to reduced heart disease risk.
How do I choose a good coconut oil?
There are dozens of options out there nowadays for coconut oil. Which coconut oil is the best for making homemade fudge? Typically, unrefined coconut oil has the strongest taste and flavor of coconuts. It’s often used for applying to the skin in homemade beauty products.
For edible creations like this, refined coconut oil may be a better choice if you don’t want the actual flavor of coconut to permeate your peanut butter fudge. Personally, I think the two flavors blend quite nicely but you may have a different opinion!
This easy homemade fudge recipe took me only 5 minutes to make. Seriously! Melt ingredients on the stove. Stir with a whisk. Pour into muffin tins lined with muffin cups. I made mini sized homemade fudge bites as well as regular muffin cup sized ones as well.Want to make this healthy homemade fudge recipe decorative and give it as a gift? Here is my affiliate link for decorative muffin liners and attractive candy boxes. Just box up and say thank you to your favorite teacher, mail carrier or scout leader!
Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- finely chopped peanuts (if desired)
- coarsely granulated salt (for decorating, if desired)
- Place all ingredients in a pan on the stove
- Heat over medium heat until starting to melt
- Whisk until all ingredients are blended and mixture is smooth
- Pour into muffin tin lined with muffin liners
- Sprinkle with chopped peanuts if desired
- Chill several hours until firm
- Remove from fridge and enjoy! Either box up as is or remove from liners, place on tray and sprinkle lightly with coarse salt to serve.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 254mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 9g
Nutrition info is not always accurate
To see my inspiration for this healthy homemade fudge recipe, check out The Big Man’s World. There are some seriously delicious looking recipes over there!
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.